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Week of April 14, 1999
Fitchburg State College
teers in local
advice-it's in the
Live happily ever
Riccards says he'll stay
by Anne Marie Donahue
Faculty and students at Fitchburg
State College were startled by a rumor
last week that they might lose their
president, Dr. Michael P. Riccards, to
This "news" was so widely circulat-
ed on the FSC campus that Riccards
issued a formal statement to set the
He said he had been asked to con-
sider applying for the position of presi-
dent of Florida Gulf Coast University,
but that he had decided not to pursue it.
"As I have indicated, I am honored
to have been considered by the Florida
system of higher education, but it is my
intention to remain at Fitchburg State to
complete the three major projects we
have begun, he said in a written state-
President Riccards has said he
has no plans to leave FSC.
ment circulated by the FSC public-rela-
tions office. He said the projects are an
urban technology center; a new physi-
cal-education complex, which had its
groundbreaking over three years ago;
and the Leadership Academy.
Buddhist scholar shares knowledge
by Guy Murochino
On April 5 Dr. Robert Thurman, a
Buddhist scholar, was on campus to
enlighten and entertain the packed
crowd that gathered in Kent Recital
Hall to hear him speak. Thurman has
written "The Central Philosophy of
Tibet," "The Tibetan Book of the
Dead," "Essential Tibetan Buddhism,"
and "Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty
and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Thurman, named one of Time mag-
azine's most influential Americans of
1997, attracted a diverse crowd of lis-
teners who came to learn about his
understanding of the "Buddhaverse."
A student of Tibet and Tibetan
Buddhism for 30 years, Thurman said
he has the great honor of being a close
personal friend of the Dalai Lama.
Thurman told the crowd that true
leaders are those who can lead them-
Thurman, who received his bache-
lor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees from
Harvard, said he was very impressed
with the turnout at FSC and with the
college itself, stating that he believed
i iIm II
return to the core
that "humanities should return to the
Thurman co-founded and is manag-
ing director of the Tibet House of New
York with his wife, Nina Thurman.
He is also the president of a non-
profit cultural center which is dedicated
to the preservation of the Tibetan cul-
Thurman is active in the art world as
co-curator of two exhibitions of Tibetan
art, the "Wisdom and Compassion: The
Sacred Art of Tibet" and "Mandala:
The Architecture of Enlightenment."
The Massachusetts Board of Higher
Education is seeking a student from the
state colleges to fill the annual position
of student board member. Any student
from any state college may apply for
Requirements include enrollment
verification, which means the registrar
must be able to verify that the applicant
is a full-time student who meets the
required standards for satisfactory aca-
A resume must be submitted includ-
ing information regarding the course of
study, expected graduation date, and
related activities and interests of the
The applicant must also supply BHE
with three personal references. The
references can be from a fellow student
in a leadership role, college adminisir;<-
tor, faculty member, or other profes-
sional. The persons writing the refer-
ences must be knowledgeable of the
applicant's abilities to serve in this
Included in the application process
is an essay summarizing the applicants
interest in serving on BHE and demon-
strating their understanding of its role.
All applications should be post-
marked by April 26, 1999 and sent to:
Office of Student
Board of Higher
330 Stuart Street,
Boston, MA 02116
The Student Advisory Committee
will interview eligible candidates on
Thursday, May 6, 1999, at 6:30 p.m. in
the Massachusetts Bay Community
College- at Framingham.
Nursing Association opens heart for blood drive
by Jen Brenner
On April 7 and 8, the Nursing
Student Association sponsored a blood
drive in the G-Lobby. providing a vari-
ety of services for the American Red
NSA members registered donors and
assisted students with juice and snacks.
One student provided entertainment.
AnneMarie Donahue, a junior who
donated, said she felt it was very impor-
tant to give blood. "I understand that
it's imperative for students to donate
because there is a large need, especially
in the Boston area." Donahue said.
"I'm a really big baby and I didn't
feel a thing. It doesn't even hurt," she
Students who wish to donate blood
must be at least 17 years old and in
good health. They must weight at least
1 10 pounds.
taken by the
ARC to ensure
that the donor
and those who
blood would be
kept from harm.
asked to fill out
a form and
answer a length)
their current and_
past health sta-
tus and personal life, as it pertained to
their health. Many questions dealt with
sexuality and the sexual habits of the
Student Lauren D'Annolfo laughs at
the idea that it could be painful to
save lives by donating blood.
that these ques-
tions and their
be kept com-
dential and used
only to ensure
that the blood
clear of disease
and safe to give
to others in
"It is not pos-
_ sible to contract
HIV, the virus
that causes AIDS, by donating blood,"
said an ARC spokesman.
Each needle was sealed a sterile bag
and no needle was ever used more than
once. When the procedure was finished,
the needle and sterile cloths used to
catch blood were thrown out in the spe-
cial hazardous medical waste bags to
Also, all of the people collecting the
blood that day wore protective latex
gloves, which were changed from stu-
dent to student.
The ARC offers courses in CPR,
swimming, first aid, and other health
and safety skills.
Only through the volunteer work can
the ARC offer these courses.
The ARC also offers sen ices to fam-
ilies left homeless by hurricanes, fires,
earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Volunteers make up 98 percent of the
total workforce of the ARC, which
means the organization is completely
dependent on the hard work and con-
cern of others.
ACC hears dramatic debate over proposed academic changes
by AnneMarie Donahue
On April 7, Miller Hall Oval was
again the scene of much debate over
proposals that would bring about acad-
emic change at Fitchburg State College.
A personnel change occurred when
Jodie DaSilva, current treasurer of the
Student Government Association
Executive Board, was named the per-
manent replacement for Timothy
Pelletier, former president of the class
of 2001. DaSilva is the third student
member of the All College Council,
which holds the final say on all acade-
mic proposals submitted to the college.
Stanley Bucholc, chair of ACC,
called the meeting to order and intro-
duced a proposal from the nursing
department. The proposal, which
would have dealt with a grade prerequi-
site change for admittance to a class,
was submitted on March 12, making it
too late to be considered by ACC.
However, ACC sent this back to the
nursing department stating that if this
proposal pertained to their accredita-
tion, it should be resubmitted for ACC
to consider at the next meeting.
ACC turned to old business with
ACC No. 19, which proposed the cre-
ation of a new course, Asian Politics
and Culture. This proposal was
approved 13-0 as a new course, but was
sent back to the Curriculums
Committee for interdisciplinary desig-
nation. At the ACC meeting on April 7
this course was voted on to receive an
LA&S designation 7 in favor, 3
opposed and 2 abstaining.
That proposal concluded old busi-
ness and Academic Policies Committee
had the floor to present their report.
ACC No. 35 was soon brought into
discussion. This proposal stands to
change the policy on suspension due to
poor academic performance, stating,
"Any student w ho earns a 1 .0 or lower
in his/her first semester of full-time
study at Fitchburg State College will be
suspended from the college." Currently
the suspension policy allows for many
students to perform poorly their first
semester, then stay on academic proba-
tion indefinitely. This new policy was
designed to prevent a student from
"digging him/herself into an even deep-
er hole with a second failing semester."
This proposal came highly encouraged
from the APC representatives present
and when voted upon by ACC passed
with 10 in favor. I opposed and 2
APC then yielded the floor to
Student Affairs, who had met separate-
lv on March 24. Student Affairs
brought ACC No. 40, a proposal deal-
ing with sexual assault, to the table.
This proposal stated clearly that FSC
"prohibits any members of the college
community, male or female, from sexu-
ally assaulting another student, employ-
ee, or other person having dealings with
the institution." This proposal also
states that the employ of drugs and
alcohol to aid in a sexual assault will
not be tolerated by the college. It also
states that any students sexually
assaulted after becoming intoxicated
would not be prosecuted by the college
for violating the alcohol policy. The
proposal was passed unanimously.
ACC No. 41 was then brought in for
discussion. This proposal concerns the
student code of conduct pertaining to
sexual assault, as described in the stu-
dent handbook. Again this proposal
makes it against school policy to rape
or sexually assault someone on campus
through the use of drugs and/or alcohol.
This proposal was passed unanimously
by ACC when voted upon.
Due to ACC No. 42, the statute of
limitations on the time that a person can
report a sexual assault will be length-
ened to the amount of time that they
(the assaulted) remain a student at FSC.
The accused must also be a student of
FSC at the time the complaint is filed
for the college to take action. This pro-
posal met with great reception at the
ACC meeting, and was passed unani-
The Curriculums Committee then
reported on their progress to ACC,
beginning with ACC No. 29, proposing
the creation of a new course titled
American Drama. The course, which
had been unanimously approved by CC,
was tabled by ACC because of ques-
tions about prerequisites.
ACC No. 30, which stood to create
a new course, Acting II, was also tabled
because the course was incorrectly
The Theater Practicum, which would
have been created by proposal No. 3 1 ,
was then brought to discussion. This
class, which English majors in the the-
ater track would need for graduation,
would require an audition and include
the performance of a play. However
according to several members of ACC,
this class did not fit the requirements of
a true practicum. and the proposal was
ACC No. 39, which changes the
General Studies major, was then
brought into discussion.
The title of General Studies has been
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Mrs. Jane Pitman: a history finally told
by Marktavian D. Martin
On March 30. the sisters of Zeta Phi
Beta presented "The Autobiography of
Mrs. Jane Pitman," a slice of African-
American history, in the Ellis White
The movie portrays the life of the
title character, the oldest living
African-American slave recorded in
Born into slavery. Pitman lived
through the Civil War. and later became
not only an active participant in the
Reconstruction period, but a civil-rights
leader. Pitman is not only an important
part of African-American history, but
of American history as well.
Never having had any biological
children, Pitman opened her heart and
her home to many children she adopted
and raised as her own. She lost a son
who was shot dead for teaching other
African-Americans about freedom and
equality; and a husband, who was killed
during the Reconstruction. Pitman also
lost a nephew who was killed during
the civil rights movement.
Freedom, justice, and equality were
very important to Pitman; she strove for
these values and taught others to do the
same. When she was 1 10 years old, she
drank from a "whites only" drinking
fountain right near the police station.
This act would be her last stand in the
civil rights movement.
Feature editor's note: This message is
directed toward those students who had
the free time, but didn't take advantage
of the opportunity to see this film. By
missing this film, you missed another
chance to experience the diversity of
I don't hate the players. I only hate
the game. What game, you ask? The
game that keeps the students in igno-
rance. Instead of supporting each other
by participating in events put together
by different organizations, some stu-
dents insist on labeling things as "a
white event" or ' 4 a black event."
People like Mrs. Pitman spent their
lives fighting against exactly that type
Come on, Fitchburg. let's get our act
together and represent what our college
is supposed to be about: unity. Mrs.
Pitman was an important part of our
history, having experienced key events
and times. How many people can say
they were there during the Civil War?
Masspirg volunteers in local community
School Stories: Scars
by Love Shaw
It didn't start in a day. It was a grad-
Exhibitions of aggressive behavior,
scary aggressive behavior. It was weird,
it was painful, but I stayed. I took it like
a human, and learned to endure.
I had to tolerate it; it was, as they say,
the laws of a bond. One has to strive to
save a tie. I knew I had a choice and I
knew what to do. I weighed the conse-
quences, and took some pounds off.
The pros didn't outweigh, but I
endured. Torture, sometimes I retaliat-
ed, other times I incorporated, but there
were still scars. Long, deep, horrible
ones. The anger building up, the fury
burning down the iron bars that held in
place the softness. Time flying by, good
ones with the wave of fast wind, bad
ones lasting forever, the deed has
already been done. Victim, scars,
blame, words that have related mean-
ing. The wrong lays unforgotten, deep
down where the eyes of the soul reign.
The soul as deep as the ocean base,
emotions lay in the deepest part of the
soul. Regret, the word that hurts. The
heart bleeds. One can only take too
much, time to get out. Time to be free,
to let the wings spread like a bird. No
more wounded spirit, no more dances
in anguish. It's a big world out there,
and I know I can be accommodated.
And I say, watch out world, I'm free,
the cast spell has been broken. I will
walk around with my head up high, and
raise my slumped shoulders. For I will
be treated the way I want to be treated,
and no sorry human will take advantage
of me. I give respect, I demand to be
If you're still in an abusive relation-
ship (physical, mental, emotional, etc),
it's time for you to check your self
worth, appreciate yourself for who you
are and do what's right for you. Love
yourself, and there's someone else out
there for you. If you're always being
stepped all over, you have the right to
by Jen Brenner
This semester, Masspirg has contin-
ued its tradition of weekly shelter visits.
Several members of Masspirg vol-
unteer their time at a local soup kitchen,
serving food to the homeless. In addi-
tion, Masspirg members have been vol-
unteering their time to teach the stu-
dents at McKay about environmental
One of the main events that Masspirg
sponsored this semester was the
Hunger Cleanup, which was held on
Volunteers at this event were sent to
local community agencies to provide a
service for three hours. They were
encouraged to locate sponsors who
would pay them for the work that they
All proceeds were donated to hunger
and homelessness-related agencies.
Masspirg is the current leader of the
Five Star System, with a total of 132
They are closely followed by Phi
Sigma Sigma, Programs Committee,
and Iota Phi Theta.
Masspirg is a community sen ice
organization on campus that completes
a variety of volunteer projects through-
out the year.
Last semester alone, they completed
a number of community-service pro-
jects. These projects included a clean-
up of the Nashua River, a wasted food
survey, and a Spare Change Drive. The
proceeds from the Spare Change Drive
were donated to the Care and Sharem
Program, which provides food and gifts
to local families for the holidays.
A food and clothing drive was also
conducted during last semester.
ASST. PRODUCTION MANAGER
Robin E. Sandberg
Rondi E. Bloom
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As Foretold by Cassandra
Has a teacher been piling on the work as if you don't have a life outside of that class! Just
remember that this is the spring semester and there is more work in a shorter period of
time! There's only one thing you can do, tell your friends you'll catch up with them at
week's end and plow thru that work! Aries is the natual born leader and someday you will be the
boss or teacher and then you're going to find out what real responsibility is all about!
I think there are some nontraditional aged students reading this right now and wondering
was it all worth it? Should I have left my full time benefits job to go back to school?
Well the answer is simple: YES! How much you know can directly reflect how
much you earn! And while we're talking about you. it's time to get those tired old
sweats out of your weekly wardrobe, 1 know they're comfy but you look BAD sister! Treat your
sophisticated self to a mini shopping spree, nothing too big though!
An older friend or relative is going to lay a guilt trip on you. Your natural instinct
will be to pull away, but let's be honest with ourselves, doesn't your life need a little
order? Structure is more than just a hip store, it's a way of life and getting to your
ulitmate goals, combine it with planning and you're on your way to a great career and happy life!
Remember last week when a mature friend helped you out in a jam by showing you how to
organize? Well all that great advice they gave was worth it, come on will your cubi-
cle be that boring without the teddy-bear and 15 Mr. Potato heads? In a relationship
that's a little rocky right now? Well if you get the aid of an impartial friend it could all be settled,
just make the friend doesn't feel weird getting in between you two.
Leos love the limelight, but they will work like a dog with no fame if they feel it's for the
right reasons. Just make sure that they are infact the right reasons, because the little triv-
ial stuff can drive you nuts! Try not to get mad when a superior fails to notice all hte great
work and effort you put into a project, remember the true satisfaction of working hard is
getting it done well! Although this isn't the most glamourous thing the discipline and presistance
that it teaches you will be the attributes that employers look for!
You will the star this week if you put your creatvie talents to use on the job! But this means
that you actually need a goal, you are the master of soving the unfixable problems so
that could be it. Ask your boss for a little extra work on something that others may
have listed as impossible. This will not only impress your boss, your coworkers, but also your-
This is going to be hard for you, but for just once, just this week, maybe you could stop
Libra 1 trying t0 f* ix everybody and focus on yourself for a while. Look around your home and
make sure that this is what you want, can you work with it? Also shake out that social
ife, you're going to get a chance to use it!
Sibling in trouble with the law, is thing not a new thing? Show your kindness by calling
them, they need your support! If money's involved run it like any other business
deal, written contract. I know it doesn't sound friendly, but it's the way to go! Also
you may want to think about turning in that old car or at least getting a tune up, it's going to slow
you down this week.
It's time to get out the check book and really balance it! I foresee financial downfall in
your future if you don't! Ya, like that takes a psychic! Rummage thru those
drawers and find all of your old reciets, it' important to know how much
things cost, it may help you out on the job. Knowing how to work money and manage it wisely is
one of the key things emplyers look for in prospective employees.
Try not to let that deep sense of responsibility get you in over your head tis week, because
you're running pretty close to the red line already! Pay attention to your own
needs and let the other people work on their own problem! If you allow your-
self time to figure out where everything suddenly went wrong then you'll be able to fix it, and
THEN go back to helping out everyone else, until then you're on vacation!
If you can, try to drop out of the social scene for just a while, it's just the best idea because
your people skills will be totally off today. I know that you like to walk around
with a smile, and that you're an open person to everyone you meet, but baby tht
ain't a good thing all the time! You are going to freak people out if you tell them your life story
within the first 24 hours that you meet them!
Thanks to a blunt conversation with an older friend you are able to prioritise your life a lit-
tle better right now. Thanks to this you can except a new source of cash flow to come
at you from an unexpected direction, new job perhaps? Allow your high self esteem
to sign and show off your talents. Don't get too flashy because that never gets you anywhere,
these days it's all about where you're going in life and do you know how to get there.
Mr. Free Advice
because advice is always worth the price you paid for it!
This column is a parody and not to be taken seriously, also on a personal
note you should not ask any one who works for The Point advice, we're
not good people.
-AnneMarie Donahue, Editor-in-Chief
Dear Free Advice Person,
I am a young freshman girl with a lot to offer a guy. I'm funny, smart
and really sincere, but for some reason guys seem to shy away from me. I
can't even get one of them to talk to me unless it's to ask for homework!
What's wrong with everybody on campus? Is it me, you tell me, do you
think I'm too ugly to date?
Fugly in Fitchburg
No, you're not too ugly to date... You're a freak and that's why no body
will talk to you! Start off the day by actually looking in the mirror, I mean
taking a really good hard look at you and then go to church and pray to God
to kill you because, honey, plastic surgery can only do so much! If you
want a boy to talk to you, why don't you try hanging out with blind people,
that worked for Frankenstein!
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WWF over WCW/NWO, Halloween over Christmas and
Jason over Freddy. My idea of romance is snuggling on the
couch and watching a scary movie. I'm nice, smart, and a
good technician. If interested, contact The Point, x3647.
#2 Single white female, looking
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I enjoy horror, comedy and romance
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Live happily ever after, locally
by Rondi Erin Bloom
Once upon a time in a land
called New England, fairy tales, nurs-
ery rhymes, and history played together
when no one was watching. In this
same land, there was also a young
woman who wanted to have some fun
on her days off.
Now, this young woman was
from a far-away country called South,
so she did not know where to go to have
fun. She had to ask some of her friends
and acquaintances (for every young
woman knows not to ask strangers!)
and to visit some websites for ideas
about what to do on the weekend. She
discovered that there were some very
interesting places quite very near to her
new home, and she learned that one is
never too old to be a small child again,
if just for a day.
One of these places was the
Pickets Place, a quaint, eclectic restau-
rant located on Nutting Hill Road in
Mason, N.H. - a 30-minute drive from
"We are located in a 200-year-
old Early American home, once the
model for the story of Little Red Riding
Hood," said the Pickery Place website.
"Children delight at finding the harm-
less wolf still snuggled in bed, peeping
from beneath Grandma's lacy cap."
Three times daily, the Pickery
Place serves a five-course gourmet lun-
cheon to customers who are encouraged
to make advance reservations. The
menu rotates at the end of each month,
thematically offering fare that reflects
the season. On site, there is also an
herb garden, sheep pen, and gift shop.
"Pickery Place preserves the character
of the home of the original illustrator of
'Little Red Riding Hood,' and, through
its museum pieces, has a fairy-tale
decor," said Kathleen Christoph of
South Lancaster. Christoph is a new
mother who has visited Pickery Place
on several occasions, and will probably
return later with her child.
Corinna Lane, also of South
Lancaster, also looks forward to visit-
ing Pickery Place, it's an out-of-the-
ordinary dining experience that I am
looking forward to." said Lane. Lane
has plans to go to Pickery Place with a
friend at the end of the month.
Mysterious castles are the stuff of
make-believe. But there is a real-life
castle very near
has a website.
here, and it even
Gardeners and garden-lovers
are referred to Pickery Place in a post-
ing by Donna Frost at Footloose.net.
Frost wrote. "An interesting herb gar-
den is at Pickery Place. You can also
reserve a seat for an herbal luncheon in
the old cape. The food is unusual and
very good . It makes a very nice outing
and you can buy their cookbooks."
"Little Red Riding Hood" is a
favorite fairy tale among children
worldwide. "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
is a favorite nursery rhyme.
Every child and child-at-heart
can recite it: "Mary had a little lamb, its
fleece was white as snow. .And every-
where that Mary went the lamb was
sure to go."
But did they learn that this
poem was written in Sterling, Mass.?
The site, a memorial to the
nursery rhyme, consists of a bronze
statue of Mary's lamb in front of
Mary's schoolhouse, and a sign. The
sign reads: "Mary Sawyer Tyler lived
in Sterling from 1806 - 1889. When
she was 10, she got a pet lamb named
Nathaniel, which often followed her to
school. A visiting Harvard student
wrote the immortal verse, though only
four of the 21 lines are commonly-
"The quaint schoolhouse, still
in its original condition, leaves visitors
with the feeling that Mary and her little
lamb could walk by at any minute,"
Nursery rhymes and fairy tales:
these are the things that dreams are
made of. Children make-believe about
beautiful princesses and princes charm-
ing that live in castles in far-off lands.
They probably do not think that there is
a real-life castle very near here (and it
has a website).
Hammond Castle, located on
80 Hesperus Avenue in Gloucester,
unites the things of nursery rhymes,
fairy tales, and legends with history.
Celebrating its 70th year as a museum.
it is named for American inventor John
Hayes Hammond. Jr.. who lived there.
This castle, purchased and brought over
from Europe, then reconstructed, was
built between 1926 and 1929. and
reportedly has many surprises in store
for its visitors.
The castle gives visitors the
sense that they are stepping into anoth-
er world. "There is a legend that a
sword was built into the castle and lies
somewhere within the walls. . . see how
truth can be stranger than fiction." said
the official website.
"It was built to house
Hammond's medieval collection which
includes Roman tombstones, doors
from real dungeons, glass from all over
the world and much more." said the
website. There is also "a round library
with a whispering ceiling, (and) an
indoor swimming pool disguised as a
Roman footbath, and disappearing
Bill McGrath. Leominster resi-
dent, has visited Hammond Castle a
couple of times. "It's fun, and it's eery,
too. It really gives you a sense of the
old world," he said. "I highly recom-
mend it for something fun to do on the
Dreams can come true and peo-
ple can really live happily ever after,
but when and how?
The Pickery Place is open all
year, closed on major holidays, serving
luncheon to visitors at 11:30 a.m.,
12:45 and 2 p.m. Call (603) 878-1151
to make table reservations, and visit
place for a history, workshop schedule,
and menu. There is no charge to see
Mary's Little Lamb. Hammond
Castle's hours vary . so it is recommend-
ed to call ahead; for 24-hour informa-
tion. (978) 283-2080; and for 24-hour
directions. (978) 283-7673. For a gen-
eral information or a schedule of events
at the castle, visit www.hammondcas-
by Earth Day Task Force
On April 20. Fitchburg State College
will explode into its annual Earth Day
Festival w ith more great events than in
previous years. This year's celebration
will be a week-long affair running
will begin at
1 1 a.m. on
and run until
6 p.m. Fitchburg will host a variety of
Earth-friendly groups and activities
designed to entertain and educate.
Among the many special guests will be
Smokey the Bear, who will be available
for pictures. The Department of
Environmental Management has also
donated an Enviro-Cabin, which is a
simulated fire-spotting tower, and an
18-wheel truck with environmental
The day's events will include tables
from various environmental and Earth-
friendly groups. Scheduled for Tuesday
is a tree planting ceremony, a lot clean-
up, environmental speakers, a dj., a
nature walk, and a barbeque on the
Quad. As a special event, Eastern
Boarder will perform a skate boarding
half-pipe demonstration. Some funding
was provided by The Point, FSC's
school new spaper.
Also highlighted will be two
bands — New Pond Fondle, a local band
from Fitchburg, and Actual Proof, a
band similar to
"I just wanted
to throw a party
and let students
come out to cele-
brate the Earth."
saids Earth Day
Task Force Organizer Jessica
McGowan. "This is going to a great
event. I hope students come out to join
On Sunday. April 25. an Earth Day
Celebration will be held in Worcester at
continued on page 8
Take a bite out of boredom
by Joey Davolio
Hungry for something that doesn't
come from DAKA?
Well, believe it or not, FSC students
don't have to go very far to find a whole
world of different foods. Whether it is
2 a.m. or 2 p.m., cravings for Chinese,
Italian, hot wings, cool drinks, and
more can be satisfied in Fitchburg.
Students swear that the Ninety-Nine
Restaurant at 275 Summer St. offers the
best boneless Buffalo wings around.
The wings, offered in large, XL or XXL
portions, are served dripping with the
99's special medium or extra-hot sauce.
It's a good idea to order a large drink
with these - you'll need it!
If Buffalo wings are your thing and
you don't mind the bones, Domino's is
the place to go. The wings taste great,
and Domino's will deliver them to your
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dorm room or apartment in 30 minutes
or less (that's what they claim, any-
Domino's also has great deals on
pizza, which come in handy for stu-
dents with limited funds.
In the mood for a little Chinese food?
Singapore Restaurant is just down the
street at the Twin City Mall, but most
"The Jade will deliver,
and the people there
are usually pretty
quick about getting
their orders out."
college kids will tell you to just order
from the Fitchburg Jade at 447 Main St.
The Jade will deliver, and the people
there are usually pretty quick about get-
ting their orders out. With their Super
Special meals, all for under $5, it's hard
to go wrong.
For those who crave Italian, II Forno
at 27 Airport Road comes highly rec-
ommended. This restaurant serves up
enormous portions of Italian favorites,
along with salad and all the garlic bread
you can eat. Diners who are 21 and
older can bring a bottle of wine along to
enjoy with dinner.
When it's time for a little midnight
snack, it's worth a trip to Denny's in
Leominster, which is open round the
Denny's has great appetizers, entrees
and desserts, but the best choice is the
chicken Charleston ranch melt. This
was recently taken off the menu, but it
can still be ordered- just ask for it by
name. It's definitely worth it!
Proximity has helped make Slattery's
Back Room at 106 Lunenburg St., a
college favorite. Generations of stu-
dents have gone to Slat's for a few
drinks and some appetizers, or to grab a
quick bite to eat.
So when hunger hits, students don't
have to go far to find satisfaction; there
are plenty of restaurants that aim to
Film student focuses on communications issue
by Guy Marochino
This poor little artsy, imaginative
film student has come from a com-
munity college where great visions
were heavily encouraged. I was
able to have full access to any of the
equipment that was made available
through the media services and the
television studio (believe it or not,
that little tiny place had a working
I was a spoiled-brat student, who
took full advantage of the available
resources, whether media or the
community theater. I was really
preparing myself to move on to a
Right off the bat, I got the incred-
ible impression that I did not have
any right to be a film student and
only those who were elite enough
could call themselves film makers. I
went to Visions last semester and I
would not praise any of the work
that had been done. Also, I was
made well aware that the media
resources were extremely limited to
"Keep in mind that using the equip-
ment does not equal power and the
right to be egotistical."
certain students, and I barely could
get my foot in the door to peek into
what we offer.
From what I hear, what we work
with on this campus is not nearly as
advanced as what communications
students worked on back at the com-
munity college I attended. From my
knowledge of video production, I
felt I was taking a huge step back-
All I have experienced from the
other film/video students is extreme
snobbery. This school is crawling
with negative karma; kids fooling
themselves into believing that this
college is more recognized than it
actually is. After graduation we
won't have big name university
recognition to help us with our
careers. We are basically on our
own after this, I know I will be. If I
had a little extra money, I would
have attended another college.
There are those who keep their
necks up their crotch and wish to
live in a fantasy that is much more
strange than any young boy's
extreme wild masochistic one. I do
have to ask "where is the great over-
achiever who was just like you
"Hello, equipment boy— I need
to have more surges plugged in for
Recently in one of my communi-
cations classes, I was assigned a
group project. I ended up being
placed with a few fellows that had
decided to squeeze me right out of
the assignment, which left me in the
dust with a zero amount of shared
work with them.
The fact is that these four so-
called fine gentlemen did not even
acknowledge what I could con-
tribute into the group, and I have
even more vivid visions and techni-
cal know-how than all their brains
Their extreme disrespect was
uncalled for, and I am left to handle
even more of these comm students
who put themselves on a high
pedestal for absolutely no reason.
Situations like these can aggra-
vate my mind and get me thinking
about switching my major to inter-
act with more sensible and realistic
people, like photography majors.
Keep in mind that using the equip-
ment does not equal power and the
right to be egotistical.
Those silent ones out there who
seem to be artistic film students
might have more knowledge than it
appears, but they know not to flaunt
Earth Day events
continued from page 6
Green Hill Park . This event is a great
opportunity to get off-campus and to
meet students and people from the
Worcester area while supporting and
celebrating a great cause.
Earth week will culminate into an all
out bash on Monday, April 26 as the
Student Activities Office coordinates
"Spring into the Outdoors" held at
vices will be
to and from
will be a cele-
bration of spring and the outdoors, after
students have suffered from months of
"Come on out to Elliot Field and
enjoy the outdoors," says Brian
Bicknell, Spring Day Organizer.
"There is plenty of fun for everybody."
This day will feature outdoor activ-
ities such as intramural games, a FSC
baseball game, ropes course, a cookout,
a mountain climbing wall, a nature trail
and much more.
Earth Week is
a great opportu-
nity for students
to come out and
leam about their
Look for more
details on these great events from
posters around campus.
Happy Earth Day
From The Point!
Ginsu Theater Presents 'Sorority House Massacre'
by Evil Trevor and Malicious Mike
"Sorority House Massacre"
What do you get when you make a
movie with amazingly bad effects, slop-
py editing, nonexistent cinematograph)
and just of a hint of what could have
been a plot (in its former life)?
"Sorority House Massacre" is what
you get! This vain attempt by director
Carol Frank and uncredited producer
Roger Corman (who should have
known better) to cash in on the resur-
gence of the horror genre in the earh
and middle 1980s was possibly the
worst movie that this reviewer has ever
seen. And I've seen some rotten eggs!
This movie features a young co-ed,
Beth, who due the recent death of her
closest family member moves into a
sorority house during the Labor Day
weekend. As the pseudo-plot semi-
thickens Beth's brother escapes from
the mental institution and makes a path
to his home, where he brutally
butchered his family. What a surprise,
the house he's returning to happens to
be the house that Beth (the only sur-
vivor) is in! I didn't see that coming,
did you? (Smell that - sar-
Well back at the sorority
house, off go the lights and
out comes a ghost story
about how the house was the
scene of a gruesome murder.
This story ignites Beth's
memories of her Brady-
Bunch childhood and she
finds a knife that was used
to kill her entire family
By the time the troop
decides to go to bed (for a
good night's sleep I'm so
sure!) Beth's brother has
managed to kill off three
people and break into the
This movie is one of the
worst films that I have ever
I am shocked and
appalled that Roger Corman
had anything to do with this
movie, and understand fully
why he chose to have his
name removed from the
Of course there's a sequel, "Sorority
House Massacre II, Nighty Nightmare."
"Sorority House Massacre" is absolute
trash, and deserves to be avoided like the
I think I might just get lobotomized
before I even consider seeing this
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passed the baton to Joanie to hand off to
anchor leg Jackie Savoury. At the end
of the day, the women also attempted to
run a sprint-medley (200-200-400-
800), with strangely enough no sprint-
ers among them. Kelly and the Dutch
One both ran a 200, to hand of to the
Christies who ran a 400 and 800. They
finished, and weren't even last, so a
huge "way to go!" out to them!
The jumpers had a lesser day today,
but those are hard events to do on a
windy day, and believe me, it was
windy! Mark "My Main Man" Teator
jumped 17-feet-6.5 in the long jump,
and 37-feet-l 1 in the triple. "Let's do it
up again next weekend babe!" is all we
can say about that. Shaun "he can also
do the long jump" Grier jumped 17-
feet-5. Many Falcons participated in
one or two running events, probably
just so they could stay warm. Big hud-
dles were formed on the bleachers, and
blankets were stolen without any trace
of a guilty conscience. For the women,
the Christies both ran the 1 500. With a
time of 5:23.2, Christie A. came in a lit-
tle before her sister Christie A. who ran
a 5:28.3. Eric Nolan was the fastest
Falcon in the open 400 for the men,
with a time of 52.33. Darren Medeiros
also ran an amazing 400, and put 53.5
on the clock. He was followed by Brian
"My Gentleman" Trembley with 55.84,
and Derek "I got stuck in an elevator"
Delanski with 56.28. Joanie Gillen,
another elevator victim, ran a spectacu-
lar 400 hurdles, coming in at 1:22.7.
Boudu "The blanket thief Bingay ran a
2:12.2 in his 800. The Dutch One
placed sixth in this event for the women
with a time of 2:27.3. The 3000 meter
steeple was probably the most spectac-
ular distance event of the day, and we
even had one of our men give it a try.
Brian "Big Daddy" Walsh cleared all
the hurdles but one, and had the
scratches to prove it! He finished his
race in 12:17.5, and "That ain't bad
after hitting your head!"
The Falcons put in an entire army to
run the open 200. Jay Bramble ran a
23.58, followed by Erik Nolan with
23.75. Mark Teator also contributed to
the results, by running a great 24.0. For
the women Laura and Cheryl cleared
this half-lap-race in 29.4 and 3 1 .6. Miss
Barbados Jackie Savoury finished third
in the 100 meter dash with a time of
13.49, but it was windy after all. Laura
ran a 14.19, and Cheryl took it in after
15.18 seconds. Jay Bramble looked hot
in his race, by finishing in 1 1.8. Joanie
Gillen broke her best time in the 100
Derek Delansky's on the run.
meter high hurdles by running 20.08,
and Mark Teator placed 7th in his 110
high hurdles with 16.9.The Falcons
have a home meet this weekend, the
Eric Loeschner memorial. This will
definitely be an interesting meet,
because many Falcons still want to
qualify, and there's no place like home
to do this!
A Caribbean Culture
The Feature Length
by Euzhan Palcy
Tuesday, April 20, 1999
Ellis White Lecture Hall
Are you looking for some-
thing fun and worthwhile to do
on a Saturday night? Then
mark April 24 on your calen-
dar because that's when
Program's Committee will
presents it's Gospel Jubilee.
Featured performers for this
event are the New Hope
Baptist Choir, the group Trial-
N-Tribulations and We-R-
Persuaded will be entertaining
us through song as well.
Admission is free for the event
and it's guaranteed to be a
Consul of Haiti
Tuesday, April 13
Fitchburg State College
ACC gets dramatic
continued from pg 2
changed to Interdisciplinary Studies.
This proposal was tabled for later
ACC then adjourned and will recon-
vene on May 1 2 in the G-Lobby of the
Hammond Building from 12:30-5:30.
to discuss the proposals tabled and sev-
Any and all students who have con-
cerns or question pertaining to the pro-
posals should attend the meetings and
voice their opinions in an orderly fash-
Christopher C. Butler,
class of 1987, of North
Reading, is engaged to
Chris works in advertising
sales for The Want Ad
Publications in Sudbury.
Maryellen is employed as
A July 31, 1999 wedding
The Point would like to apolo-
gize for any confusion caused
by the "FSC celebrates Easter
with the community" article.
The list of people working dili-
gently in the Volunteer Center
is: Assistant Dean of Students
and Director of Student
Activities: Tullio Nieman;
Coordinator of Volunteer
Efforts: Cindy Flynn; Student,
Staffers: Kim Priestly and
Sherry Tetreault; Americorps
VISTA: Jeremy Chaussee.
To run or not to run, that is always the question
by Rlmldu Jansen
The Track Falcons had a very cold
meet this past Saturday. They were a
guest at Williams College, for their
annual College Invitational. On this
beautiful 8-lane track, we saw some
pretty nice results, some smashes, and
some very strange relays.
For the throwing events, the women
had one full relay team, namely the shot
women. Cheryl Briggs, Kelly Gorey,
^.nd the Dutch One placed sixth in this
e\ent. Corey Supernor competed in all
three throwing events, and had a sun
burn to prove it. He threw 29-feet in the
shot, and broke 90-feet in the discus.
Shaun "I can't jump in this cold" Grier
came in fourth in the pole vault with
12-feet-6, and got a standing ovation
from his Falcon team mates after clear-
ing the bar. Corey Medeiros is still
working on clearing the bar, but defi-
nitely makes it all look good!
Our Falcons ran a few relays on
Saturday, and even though some didn't
make the books, they should definitely
not be overlooked. The men ran a spec-
tacular 4x200 relay, leaving everybody
behind to eat their dust. They finished
ikree seconds before the next team, and
ran a great 1:34. Awesome job Jude,
Jay, Mark, and Eric! The women ran a
4x100 relay and placed sixth with
55.79. Co-captain Cheryl Briggs led off
the pack, followed by Laura, who
Jackie Savoury during the 4x100 relay.
Photo by Rhalda Jansen
continued to page 11
Bremberg ties FSC record with 13 strikeouts
by Rhalda Jansen
On Wednesday April 7,
pitcher Josh Bremberg tied the
seven-year-old school record
for strike outs, with 13 Ks. He
now shares this record with
Bryan Wilson who did the same
thing in 1992. Josh is also on
his way to get the FSC record
for strike outs per season,
which is currently held by
Kevin Cann with 66Ks. This
record in almost 20 years old,
so go for it Josh!
The Baseball Falcons won
their home game against Clark
that day with 12-5. The Falcons
are still having a very tough
time this season though, their
next three games went to the
by Rhalda Jansen
The Softball Falcons are on a four-
game winning streak, by beating
Rivier College and Mass Maritime
College. Last Wednesday, the Lady
Falcons won their double-header at
Rivier with 14-0 and 17-1. This past
Saturday, they did the same thing
against Mass Maritime in another
away double-header. The Falcons
crushed the opposing team with 10-0
and 16-5. The Falcons are on their
way to get their record back into black
ink, by moving up to 6-14. It's look-
ing awesome ladies! Keep up the
great work! Their next home game is
against Curry College, and will take
place tomorrow on the McKay fields,
so come and check it out!
Field Hockey will be having spring
practices on Thursday nights pretty
soon. If you are interested in playing
in the fall, please contact coach Beth
Bacher at 665-4689. Anyone interest-
ed in volleyball can contact coach
Lisa Paciorek at 665-4699. The
Volleyball Falcons practice on
Thursday nights from 8-10 pm, in the
Parkinson gym, so you can also find
opposing teams. FSC lost their home
game against Daniel Webster on
Thursday, and on Saturday April 10,
Mass Maritime won both games of the
double header on home grounds. The
Falcons lost the first with 8-2 and the
second with a pretty close 5-3.
The Baseball Falcons are playing at
Plymouth State College this afternoon,
and are hosting Amherst College at
3:30 tomorrow, so come and support
vour Falcons! Tons of luck men!
Josh Bremberg on his pitching mound.